Acting premier Jeff Seeney said the Queensland Government would not tolerate criminal gang activity on the Gold Coast or anywhere else in Queensland.
Acting premier Jeff Seeney said the Queensland Government would not tolerate criminal gang activity on the Gold Coast or anywhere else in Queensland. Sharyn O'Neill

New legislation to curb bikie violence

OUTLAW bikies will be banned from gathering in groups, refused entry for wearing club colours at licensed venues and barred from some entertainment precincts in a Queensland crackdown.

In response to increased violence on the Gold Coast over the weekend, the Queensland Government will introduce anti-racketeering legislation in two weeks to ensure outlaw bikie gang members face mandatory jail sentences and motorcycle confiscation.

They will also throw in $20 million to increase police resources on the coast to ensure tourists and locals can enjoy the community without bikie violence.

"Among the mandatory penalties would be a minimum one-year in prison for serious assault of a police officer," Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said.

"Their pride and joy won't be safe either, with their motorbikes or other vehicles confiscated.

"By restricting their movements and operations, the community is protected and it prevents these groups from running their criminal enterprises."

Other proposed bans for gang members include owning, operating or working in tattoo parlours as well as promoting or recruiting for their criminal organisation.

Mr Bleijie said current criminal organisation legislation took too long to enact, pointing to a current court battle involving the Finks which has been going for more than a year.

He said this would be new legislation that police could enforce as soon as it is passed in Queensland Parliament.

Media were again excluded from the latest mention on Monday for the court battle to have the Finks' Gold Coast chapter declared a criminal organisation.

A four-week trial is listed to begin on November 18.

Acting premier Jeff Seeney said the government would not tolerate criminal gang activity on the Gold Coast or anywhere else in Queensland.

He said these gangs used fear and intimidation to get what they wanted, disturbing the lifestyles of ordinary Queenslanders in the process.

Mr Bleijie said experts would draw up innovative ways in the next two weeks to target these criminal gangs - using NSW laws as a starting point.

In NSW, bikies are banned from wearing their colours in the Kings Cross district and from working in tattoo parlours in a bid to curb bikie violence.

Queensland Police union acting president Shayne Maxwell said this legislation was sorely needed to combat bikie activities on the Gold Coast.

He said he feared police would be targeted when they tried to enforce new laws but officers went to work everyday expecting their lives could be in danger to protect the families in their communities.



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